Los Angeles Destination Guide
Whether it’s iconic Hollywood glamour or the freshest contemporary trends, Los Angeles has it on tap. From the exhibitions not to miss at LA’s leading galleries to exclusive seats at the city’s most coveted concerts and thrilling seasonal entertainment, our pick of the hottest tickets in town guarantees an up-to-the-minute experience of the City of Angels.
Bold, large-scale paintings and experimental techniques have established LA-based artist Laura Owens as one of the most influential artists of her generation. This mid-career exhibition at MOCA glances back over the past 20 years of Owens’s oeuvre, demonstrating how her early canvases set the stage for her current work that incorporates an inspired use of silkscreen, digital printing and computer manipulation.
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Image © Moca
Frieze Los Angeles
Previously limited to New York and London, Frieze art fair launches in Los Angeles this February at a custom-built home in Paramount Pictures Studios. On show are carefully curated contemporary pieces from 70 local and global galleries. Elsewhere, an inspiring agenda of talks, performances, installations and gallery openings mark the city’s first Frieze Los Angeles with due flourish.
Paramount Pictures Studios
5515 Melrose Ave Los Angeles, CA 90038
Image © Linda Nylind
The ubiquitous red carpet rolls out for the film industry’s most illustrious annual event: the Academy Awards. Expect glitter, glamour and the dazzling strobe of paparazzi as the biggest names in Hollywood cluster at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre. Who will lay claim to a coveted golden statue this year? Hotly contested favourites are First Man, Black Panther and Mary Poppins Returns.
Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
Image © LimaEs_iStock
Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella
This children’s classic is reimagined as a wartime love story by award-winning choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne. Cinderella’s chance meeting with a dashing RAF pilot ignites a heart-wrenching romance. The ballet is set against a spectacular set with thrilling light projections, but the star of the show is Prokofiev’s soaring musical score—one of the 20th-century composer’s most popular.
135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Image © Johan_Persson
Los Angeles Lakers Home Games
The City of Angels’ home team takes to the court for some spectacular slam-dunks at LA’s Staples Center stadium throughout the season. Cheer alongside throngs of basketball fans as the team takes centre stage in their signature purple and yellow kit. It’s the all-American experience: a Los Angeles Lakers game, complete with giddy, white-knuckle action from start to the very last second of play.
Staples Center, 1111 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
+1 213 742 7340
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Beverly Center Reimagination
A staggering $500 million has been pumped into refreshing one of Los Angeles’ premium retail destinations, the Beverly Center. Expect shimmering exteriors, choice street-level restaurants and chic boulevards. The highlight—aside from the generous plethora of designer boutiques? A multi-concept gourmet food hall, curated by celebrity chef Michael Mina.
Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
+1 310 854 0070
Image © Beverly Center
Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival
At the start of spring, the trees in Huntington Beach Central Park are garlanded with sugar-pink blossom, providing a fragrant setting for a stroll to officially mark the start of spring. On March 18, a wave of gourmet food vendors, drummers and dancers descend for the Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival, bringing heaps of South Californian soul.
7111 Talbert Ave
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Image © iStock_David Djordjevic_
For two days in March, the Pacific Design Center transforms into an emporium of luxury furnishings, fresh interior trends, home accessories and innovation as Westweek rearranges the designscape. Attendees can browse more than 2,000 products, chat to industry experts and preview a dazzling portfolio of show rooms, from chic home-office concepts to pristine living spaces.
Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
+1 310 657 0800
Image © Pacific Design Center
Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s nostalgia for his 1950s childhood on the banks of Lake Erie shines through in this deeply personal musical. Santiago-Hudson portrays more than 20 characters—from wily hustlers and lost souls to would-be philosophers and abandoned lovers—as he reminisces about the eccentric boarding house he grew up in, accompanied by Bill Sims Jr’s melodic blues tunes.
Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, CA
+1 213 628 2772
Image © iStock_Umkeher_
Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler: Flora
Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti romanced American artist Flora Mayo in Paris in the 1920s. While Giacometti’s oeuvre received worldwide fame, little is known about Mayo and her works. Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler’s Flora reframes this history through the medium of film, presenting two back-to-back documentaries about the life of Flora Mayo.
LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
+1 323 857 6000
Image © Ugo Carmeni
The Clemency of Titus
A new spin on Mozart’s rarely performed final masterpiece, Russell Thomas stars as the imperilled Roman ruler, Titus, whose generosity amidst a world of power players and glory hunters eventually points the way to a brighter future. Music director James Conlon conducts an emotive score; the perfect accompaniment to Thaddeus Strassberg’s expertly designed production.
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Los Angeles, CA
+1 213 972 0711
Image © Dan Steinberg
Towering over Los Angeles from the top of Griffith Park is the Griffith Observatory, an iconic landmark and a beacon of scientific progress. As well as offering unrivaled views of the metropolis below, the observatory is an ideal location to witness the Spring Equinox. The twice-yearly phenomenon next strikes Los Angeles at precisely 2:58pm PDT on March 20, 2019.
Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
+1 213 473 0800
Image © iStock_f11photo
Zoe Leonard: Survey
The first large-scale retrospective of New York-based artist Zoe Leonard’s complete works in an American museum, Zoe Leonard: Survey presents photographs, sculptures and installations from all three decades of the artist’s career. Through subtle shifts in perspective and scale, Leonard compels her viewer to take a new angle on usually familiar images or objects.
MOCA, 250 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
+1 213 626 6222
Image © Eileen Harris Norton Collection
Art of the Jewel: The Crevoshay Collection
American jewellery designer Paula Crevoshay invites us into the intriguing evolution of a precious gem, from its initial phase as a mineral to becoming one of the show-stoppers in this dazzling collection. A trove of treasures from black and white diamonds to sapphire-encrusted heirlooms and pearl-peppered masterpieces, Art of the Jewel: The Crevoshay Collection is a celebration of aesthetics and gemology.
Natural History Museum
Los Angeles, CA
+1 213 763 3466
Image © The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
TCM Classic Film Festival
Still going strong a decade on, TCM Classic Film Festival pays tribute to all the old Hollywood greats. This year opens with a screening of romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally, followed by a panel discussion with the film’s director Rob Reiner. Expect star-studded talks and screenings with icons such as Angela Lansbury, Rita Moreno and Burt Reynolds.
Various locations across Hollywood
+1 404 885 5535
Image © iStock_sellmaksan
Night of a 100 Solos: A Centennial Event
Dancer Merce Cunningham surfed the crest of American modern dance for more than half a century, often collaborating with big name artists such as John Cage and Bruce Nauman. Commemorating what would have been Merce’s 100th birthday, Night of a 100 Solos is a spectacular 75-minute performance of solo choreographies enacted by international dancers across venues in Los Angeles, London and New York.
Royce Hall, 10745 Dickson Court
Los Angeles, CA 90095
+1 310 825 2101
Image © Peterich
A poignant and humorous glance at the infinite alternatives to the nuclear family concept, Falsettos is as heart-warming as it is gritty. The central themes of love and relationships are beautifully illustrated in an entangled plot that knots together neurotic but loveable Marvin with his ex-wife, his gay lover and his son. Written in 1992, the musical is as relevant today as it was three decades ago.
Los Angeles, CA
+1 213 628 2772
Image © Ahmanson Theatre
Charles White: A Retrospective
Celebrating Charles White’s epic contribution to chronicling the mid-20th-century African American experience, this exhibition displays around 100 works by the artist. Examining the influences of Chicago, where he spent his childhood, New York, where he ignited his artistic career, and Los Angeles, where he developed his work, this sweep of White’s creative progression pays due homage to his broad skill.
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
+1 323 857 6010
Image © The Charles White Archives_Swann Auction Galleries